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Tuesday, 22 October, 2002, 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK
Latest Wallace and Gromit: Your views
Popular animated duo Wallace and Gromit are back, after winning an Oscar with A Close Shave in 1995.
That film, together with The Wrong Trousers in 1993 and their first outing, 1989's A Grand Day Out, established them as a UK film industry success story and a huge success with film and TV audiences.
But they took an extended holiday while Bristol's Aardman Animations, their makers, took on such projects as 2000's full-length feature film Chicken Run.
Aardman has now made 10 one-minute shorts in preparation for a major Wallace and Gromit feature film. The shorts, Cracking Contraptions, launch on Tuesday with the world première of Soccamatic on BBC News Online.
What do you think of Soccamatic? Are Wallace and Gromit still funny? Are you pleased to see them return?
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It's so great to see Wallace and Gromit again! Finally there's more!!
Hilarious and cracking great fun! We nearly dropped our crackers and cheese! Everyone in our family loves these guys, and we're waiting for the next work.
Soccamatic is brilliant! Watching Wallace and Gromit was like seeing good old friends again! I can't wait until BBC show the whole series... Well done, Nick Park!
Fantastic!! If the film's half as good as that two-minute taster then it looks like Mr Park will have more than three Oscars to his name.
Superb! Our heroes are back again, we can't wait for more! Thank you so much Mr Park!
I've been a fan since I first saw Creature Comforts at a local animation festival. Nick Park's work has only improved as the years have gone by, and I applaud his skill at claymation, an art which is slowly being overlooked in favour of computer animation. Good work, Nick, and thanks for bringing back a duo I thought had retired!
Ian Westwood, UK
Smashing. Wallace and Gromit were very funny. Cracking movie Mr Park.
I know Aardman needs to work on other projects, but W & G are our favourites and we want more, more, more, as selfish as it sounds! Gromit rules!
Welcome back. We've missed you. Now get on with it.
It was great! My boss called me in, we watched it and I laughed for hours.
Can't wait for them all and can't wait for the feature film.
Steve Coombs, Germany
Nut-cracking good fun, Aardman! Seeing this short is like great old friends suddenly showing up at your door.
I thought it was superb!! I can't wait for more!!
Condensed comic genius. Can't wait for the rest and the feature film.
Amy, Hong Kong
This short shows a sharp drop in the standard of humour achieved by their earlier incantations.
I'm not sure which is the most endearing. The voice of Peter Sallis or the images of Wallace and the patient Gromit. Put all together and the result is magic.
It takes time and patience to be this funny but why do we have to wait so long between such brilliant characters outings?
I'm not into watching football, but I could watch this over and over again.
William van Zwanenberg, United Kingdom
National treasures -
so good to have the madly inspired Wallace and long suffering but faithful Gromit back again. Greatly looking forward to the other shorts and the movie. Cheers to all at Aardman.
Loved it, loved it, loved it! Just viewing it at work and told sister about it via e-mail and she checked it out and both of us just were howling over Wallace and Gromit. The boys are similar to another set of "boys" - Laurel and Hardy with their innovation and innocence. Both charm, entice, and make you laugh your butts off over their antics! Way to go Mr Park! Keep up the good Brit work and keep Wallace and Gromit unmistakably English.
Another long-awaited masterpiece. Welcome back, my heroes. Can't wait to see the other new films. Just crackin'.
I thought that was brilliant but please, please, please can Shaun the Sheep star in one?!
Top stuff. If these are the training exercises then roll on the feature! In an age of ever more CG animation, it's lovely to see some beautifully crafted stop-motion work.
Great to see Nick backing his home town team with the Preston North End Soccamatic. Craig Brown sign him up. I counted three former PNE legends and many other PNE references. Wallace and Gromit are Lillywhites!
Never stop! Laurel and Hardy kept going for many years. Do likewise, please.
Looking back at it now, I can't think how I could have been scared when I was younger at the antics of this man and his dog in The Wrong Trousers. Now, just under a decade down the line, I can appreciate the skill and work that goes into these guys, and I enjoy them now no matter how much they frightened me in 1993. Having just watched Soccamatic, I'd like to congratulate Aardman on a great job with these clips. They make you laugh out at the wonderful wit of Wallace, and the ending almost had me falling out of my seat, rather than cowering behind a pillow.
15 out of 15, love!
Nick Park's Wallace and Gromit new online film is the best claymation-stopmotion-animation since... the old Wallace and Gromit shorts.
It was sooooo good to see Wallace and Gromit again!! awesome movie! :)
Eric Berman, USA
Some superb saves by Gromit! Does anyone know what nationality he is? Scotland are a bit thin on the ground in terms of goalkeepers at the moment!
Thank God for a little zany humour these days from the classiest double act since Plato and Socrates.
WOW! Back in the best form expected! Excellent!
Fantastic short animation but we need MORE of them. I give this 5 out of 5 maple leafs.
Well dun chuck!
It was great! I can't wait to see more. I especially liked Wallace's little ploy after the credits.
Soccamatic is hilarious! I'm so glad to see the boys are back in town!
Nowhere near as good as the others, I expect better from Nick Park.
Pure animated genius, a class short, as usual.
The plasticine equivalents of Morecambe and Wise - universally loved (except by a few sad people!) and funny forever.
I have been waiting for this day so long, to see the new adventures of Wallace and Gromit!
Andrew Wade, UK
Brilliant as ever, just not long enough. My four-year-old made me play it over and over again, he just can't get enough. Bravo.
Yes they have had their funny moments, but enough is enough please. Ever heard the term quit while you are ahead? I just feel they have taken it too far.
Poor Stephanie from Scotland. I really am amazed that there is a single person out there who is not amazed at the care and love that goes into Wallace and Gromit. As far as I am concerned they could make them forever and I still couldn't get enough. My whole family, from my five-year-old up to my 89-year-old Grandma love these wonderful characters.
Cracking Soccamatic, Gromit!
Our son Timmy, two and half, watched it TEN times this morning. He loves it.
Can't wait until the next one...
Thank you to all at Aaaaaardman.
I can't wait for this feature film!!!!
I like Soccamatic. They are still funny and I am delighted to see them return.
Funny, but too short.
Two minutes of pure animated, comic genius. I loved it and my two-year-old son just adores Gromit. Great goalkeeping! Keeps up Nick Park's fine tradition - if it ain't broke...
Excellent. Welcome back to the funniest double act ever. Thank you Nick Park for your wonderful creations.
Barbara Lassiter, Australia
Can't wait to see them back.
Their unique humour is always a joy, but especially in these times.
Thank God that Nick is back on the job. He's a three-dimensional Chuck Jones.
I have enjoyed, nay loved, everything concerning Wallace and Gromit and Soccamatic has not disappointed. Well done, Auntie Beeb. In the upcoming W & G feature film please, Mr Park, resist the urge to include Yank accents or a North American connection, as in Chook Run, and keep it quintessentially British. Keep it Pom!
Wallace and Gromit were, and still will be, a favourite in my country. We're holding onto the seats of our pants for the film!
Wonderfully funny. Evidently, we're all in for a treat with this series. More please!
Fabulous new flick this Soccamatic. Lots of funny little details that make it great fun to watch over and over... eh? And what a treat to see it on Monday night in Canada at 9:30! Thanks Nick.
Dave W, UK
Class in a glass! Keep up the good work!
It's great to see the lads up to mischief again. I think this series of short animations will keep us going until they finish the big Hollywood movie!
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